Betting tips for Croatia vs Brazil: World Cup preview and odds – The Telegraph

Betting tips for Croatia vs Brazil: World Cup preview and odds – The Telegraph

Our expert backs Brazil to win to nil in his betting tips for their big World Cup quarter-final clash against Croatia on Friday
Croatia face Brazil in the first quarter-final of this year’s World Cup, and it’s set to be a cracker at Education City Stadium (kick-off, 3pm GMT).

A Seleção managed to top Group G on goal difference ahead of Switzerland, but they then produced their best display of the tournament to beat South Korea 4-1 in the round of 16.
Croatia’s path to the final eight has been more complex, with Zlatko Dalic’s side finishing second in Group F to Morocco. They then had to settle for a penalty shoot-out to overcome Japan after a 1-1 draw over 120 minutes, and will face their biggest test of the tournament so far on Friday.
Odds are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change.
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For a second successive World Cup, Croatia will compete in the quarter-finals. They kept their nerve to beat Japan 3-1 on penalties on Monday.
Dalic’s men are used to the big occasion, with experience at the highest levels of international football.
The Croatians have been taken to extra time in seven of their previous eight knockout matches at major tournaments. Four of their past five at the World Cup have gone to extra time, and that is arguably their best chance of victory.
Apart from their 4-1 win over Canada in the group stages, Vatreni have struggled to find the back of the net under Dalic. They were kept goalless by both Morocco and Belgium, and Brazil have an impressive defensive record.
They have kept five clean sheets in their past nine matches, and it is tough to see Croatia scoring against the South Americans.
Tip: Brazil to win to nil @ 11/10 with Betfred
This year’s World Cup gives Raphinha a chance to prove his talent on the global stage. The former Rennes and Leeds United winger is now a regular for Barcelona, but Qatar 2022 offers players a platform like no other.
Even though Tite has the likes of Richarlison, Neymar Jr, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, Gabriel Martinelli and Anthony at his disposal, Raphinha has continued to be given a chance from the start.
The 25-year-old may have only scored one goal in his previous 10 games for club and country, but that is not for lack of trying.
No player has had more shots or created more chances at the World Cup for Brazil, and he has been unfortunate not to score from his eight attempts. Against South Korea, he was shooting on sight – and with Croatia likely to sit back, he can fire more attempts on goal as he tries to score for the first time in a major tournament.
Tip: Raphinha 2+ shots on target @ 9/4 with Betfred
Even though France’s Kylian Mbappe is clear at the top of the scoring charts in Qatar, he can still be caught as the quarter-finals begin.
The Paris Saint-Germain ace has five goals in four matches, while Richarlison has a better record, having scored three times in as many games.
The Tottenham star will lead the line for Brazil as long as they are in the tournament, and he will hope to add to his tally on Friday.
Richarlison has scored 10 goals in his nine appearances for Brazil so far this year, and it would take an incredible performance from Croatia to keep him quiet. 
Tip: Richarlison to score any time @ 11/10 with Betfred
Odds are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change.
Borna Sosa is expected to come back in for Borna Barisic after missing the victory over Japan due to illness. Other than that, Zlatko Dalic is expected to retain the same starting line-up.
Croatia predicted line-up (4-3-3): Livakovic; Juranovic, Lovren, Gvardiol, Sosa; Kovacic, Brozovic, Modric; Kramaric, Petkovic, Perisic.
Alex Sandro is recovering from a hip injury, so Danilo is expected to continue at left-back. Gabriel Jesus and Alex Telles have been ruled out for the whole tournament, but the formidable quartet of Raphinha, Neymar, Vinicius Jr and Richarlison all start.
Brazil predicted lineup (4-2-3-1): Alisson; Militao, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Danilo; Casemiro, Paqueta; Raphinha, Neymar, Vinicius Jr; Richarlison.
05 December WC Japan 1 Croatia 1 (pen: 1-3) W
01 December WC Croatia 0 Belgium 0 D
27 November WC Croatia 4 Canada 1 W
23 November WC Morocco 0 Croatia 0 D
16 November FR Saudi Arabia 0 Croatia 1 W
05 December WC Brazil 4 South Korea 1 W
02 December WC Cameroon 1 Brazil 0 L
28 November WC Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 W
24 November WC Brazil 2 Serbia 0 W
17 November FR Brazil 5 Tunisia 1 W
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